Lot: 2695th Tribal Art Auction
Shell currency "tambu" or "tabu"
Papua New Guinea - East New Britain - Tolai
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|D: ca. 11.8 inch||
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snail shells ("nassarius arcularis jonasii"), The length of the strung shell strands averaged about six feet with approximately 320 shells which were then rolled into large hoops; they served as a means of payment and bride price and represented a symbol of prestige.